Season Recap: Kent State Golden Flashes

581455_465855180101374_1846386501_nKent State went 26-8 on the season, and earned the #1 seed at Nationals 2013 before losing to MSU in the Semifinals.

Captained by Camden Fullmer and Dan Shackelford, Kent started their season off hosting OSU, winning 2-1. They then traveled to OSU, go 2-2 at the tournament with an OT win over SVSU (2-1) and a win over OSU (3-1) but losses to MSU (3-0) and UK (3-1). The Flashes would play plenty more games, and went on a roll as they won the Maryland Invite with wins over JMU (3-2 in OT), VCU (7-0), Towson (3-0), and Maryland (4-0). Two weeks later they traveled to the MSU Invite, placing in second thanks to wins over BGSU (3-0), CMU (5-0), and DePaul (4-0) but were dropped by the Spartans (2-0). The next week they traveled to the Kentucky Invite, beating WKU (4-0), and Miami (5-0) but losing to UK (4-0). In December Kent drove down to Miami, and with an undermanned squad were able to go get a win over Miami (5-1) but lost games to UK (2-1) and rival OSU (3-1).

Determined to be the first Kent State team to win the title, the Flashes destroyed the competition at the Ohio Dodgeball Cup. Wins over RIT (9-0), OSU (4-0), Miami (7-0), and BGSU (4-1) asserted that they were for real. Kent also went to the BEAST II, losing 3-0 to SVSU but winning against Towson (2-0), VCU (4-0), WKU (4-0), and JMU (1-0).

At Nationals, Kent started with a win over CMU (4-0), then took down the Miscellaneous team (6-0), and UWP (3-2). By going undefeated on Saturday, they guaranteed their second straight season of being the #1 seed in the Sunday bracket, facing #16 PSU on Sunday. They would win 6-0, setting up a showdown with #8 WKU. The Flashes took care of business, winning 5-0. This meant they’d once again face #5 MSU, and for the third time this season they were shutout by the Spartans. However, a second straight Final Four and the second straight season of playing the most games in the NCDA made this a very successful season for Kent.

Author: hiller87

Former Captain of the MSU Club Dodgeball Team, former NCDA Chief of Content.

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